Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Mallow - Malva neglecta   Wallroth
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DistributionMountains and Piedmont; only Cumberland County in the Coastal Plain.

Native of Eurasia; throughout N.A. except the Far North.
AbundanceUncommon to fairly common, except rare to absent in the Coastal Plain.
HabitatRoadsides (including urban and suburban), waste places, vacant lots, garden weed, pastures, farmyards, near creek, rock ledge.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-November.
IdentificationCommon Mallow is less than 2 feet long, often only a foot or less, and generally prostrate. The leaves are rounded in outline, vary shallowly 3-5 lobed (or barely discernable), the margins crisped/wrinkled with very fine short teeth. The flowers grow in leaf axils, 2-6 in a cluster, pale pink or lilac, the petals 9-13 mm long. The fruits look like little cheese wheels.
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Other Common Name(s)Cheeses
State RankSE
Global RankGNR
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